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Title: Clefts and their Relatives
Written By: Matthew Reeve
URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/la.185
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 185
Description:

Cleft constructions have long presented an analytical challenge for
syntactic theory. This monograph argues that clefts and related
constructions cannot be analysed in a straightforwardly compositional
manner. Instead, it proposes that the locality conditions on modification
(for example by a restrictive relative clause) must be reformulated such
that they account for the apparent compositionality of DP-internal
modification whilst also permitting ‘discontinuous’ modification of the
type which is independently needed for constructions such as relative
clause extraposition. The empirical focus of the book is on clefts in
English and Russian, which have a similar interpretation but considerably
divergent syntactic structures. The author argues that, despite these
syntactic differences, both types of cleft are mapped to their semantic
interpretations in the same manner. This monograph will be essential
reading for those working on cleft constructions and copular sentences more
generally, and will be of interest to those working on the syntax-semantics
interface.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
Russian
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ISBN-13: 9789027274601
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